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Jazz Articles

INTERVIEWS

Dominick Farinacci: Sharing Stories

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Dominick Farinacci, a trumpeter from Cleveland, is a strong improviser with a wide, round tone. It's suited for his predilection for the melodic side of the music. But his vision of music extends beyond the act of playing and the art of performing--something he has done around the globe for years, carving out a successful career after being mentored by Wynton Marsalis. Farinacci truly envisions music as something that can bring people in a community, from diverse backgrounds ...

IN THE BIZ

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

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"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are complete, it does not all end there. The artist or band must reach out to the public, and there are as many ways to do that as there are stars in the sky, it seems. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy O'Connell Sixtet: Arrhythmia

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Trombonist Jimmy O'Connell has been slowly and steadily climbing the ladder of jazz success since leaving his Detroit home and arriving in New York in 2009. Over the course of his seven years in the Big Apple, O'Connell has had the opportunity to work with leading lights like trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, contribute to burgeoning large groups like The Revive Big Band and The Steve Feifke Big Band, and make his mark with his own Jimmy O'Connell ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom)

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As we live through the most contentious and divisive political cycle in US history, the Ted Nash Big Band Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom couldn't be more relevant. The significance hits home quickly and pointedly as former Connecticut State Senator Joe Lieberman follows the opening “Overture" with words of JFK that say, in part: ..."civility is not a weakness...." Nash is well known for his role in Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an association that ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Naked: Nakedonia

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There are bands that inhabit different territories at once where they don't belong to one genre but to many. A band like Naked can seem notorius for daring to ignore boundaries between genres and as such it can't really be pigeonholed as jazz. As a matter of fact, the band can describe itself in the same manner as the band Get The Blessing describes its music --"jazz, not jazz" as they are floating in a sea of melodies and grooves. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

SLM Ensemble: Source

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SLM is an acronym for Source Liminal Music as well as a tri-consonantal root of of the Hebrew and Arabic words for peace, shalom and salam. It is also the name of a composition of master double bassist Mark Dresser and composer-conductor Sarah Weaver, written for the “Deep Tones for Peace" event in April 2009, a concert of 13 innovative double bass players, performing live simultaneously in jny: Jerusalem, Israel and New York (captured on the CD/DVD Deep Tones for ...

ANATOMY OF A STANDARD

Here's That Rainy Day by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke

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I am honored to be authoring a new column for All About Jazz revolving around the question, “What makes a song a standard?." Surely there are as many answers to that rhetorical question as there are scholars having opinions about it. My charge, as I accept it, is to provide some analysis of chords, melody, lyrics and overall gestalt of recognized jazz standards. Over time, my deconstruction of these songs will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of some timeless ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steven Kirby: Illuminations

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Illuminations--guitarist Steven Kirby's third album, following Point Of Balance (Challenge Records, 1998) and North Lights (Challenge Records, 2003)--is both true to previous form and highly expansive. Kirby uses elements of the sonic palette(s) that helped to color his earlier work, referencing the probing lyricism of John Abercrombie and the straight-to-the-heart melodic qualities shot through in classic recordings from Pat Metheny with Lyle Mays, but he doesn't simply extend on what's come before. In the thirteen years since Kirby's last album, ...


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